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What To Do in Paris in November

Your Guide to What’s Happening in Paris this Month
Flag hanging under the Arc de Triomphe
November 18, 2023
From adults-only occasions to family-friendly art installations, the cultural calendar this month has a little something for everyone. Read on to find out when we’ll be raising a glass of wine to celebrate the Frenchest of all holidays and which temporary exhibitions we’re planning to hit.

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The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, and the holiday season is on the horizon. We don’t know about you, but we always get impatient around this time of year as we wait for winter to settle in and start ramping up for end-of-year festivities.

Fortunately, there’s lots of fun on the agenda this month to help the time fly by.

Here’s the best of what’s happening now in Paris:

Happening Every November in Paris

Things To Do in Paris, November 2023

Happening Every November in Paris

PhotoSaintGermain | November 2 – 25, 2023

If you love photography, November is the perfect time to explore the Left Bank neighborhood of Saint Germain. Dozens of museums, cultural centers, galleries, and bookshops in the district take part in the PhotoSaintGermain festival, hosting exhibitions, studio visits, panels, and more.

Most of the events are free, but many do require reservations. 

See the Official PhotoSaintGermain Website to discover the full program.

Details:
November 2 – 25, 2023 
Throughout the Saint Germain neighborhood

Paris photo festival, PhotoSaintGermain

Armistice or Remembrance Day Military Parade | November 11, 2023

On November 11th, the city of Paris honors France’s fallen soldiers with an Armistice Day Military Parade on the Champs Elysées. The solemn, prideful procession makes its way down the iconic avenue, ending with a special ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe.

Each year, the current President of France gives a speech and lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay homage to the heroes of World War I and following wars.

Good to know: since this day of remembrance is a public holiday in France, many businesses in the country close on November 11.

Details:
Every year on November 11
Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris

Flag hanging under the Arc de Triomphe

Beaujolais Nouveau | November 16, 2023

This adults-only annual event is all about wine. One night every November, wine lovers across France — and around the world — come together in their favorite bars and bistros to taste the latest batch of Beaujolais wines.

Learn more about this oh-so French fête, including our recommendations for the best wine bars in Paris.

Details:
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Throughout Paris and France
See the brand’s official website for a list of all the events happening around the country to mark the occasion.  

Beaujolais Nouveau 2022

Holiday Decorations | Late November

With end-of-year holidays right around the corner, the City of Light’s streets and shops start decorating for the festivities. By the last week in November, most of the major department stores, boulevards, and city squares are already aglisten with wintery displays.

Check out our suggestions for Where to See the Best Christmas Decorations in Paris to get ideas for your illuminations itinerary.

Details:
Beginning mid-November
Throughout Paris

Christmas decorations on the street in Paris.

Illuminations at the Jardin des Plantes | November 22, 2023 — January 21, 2024

Looking for something fun to do with the kids in Paris this November? Make your way to the Jardin des Plantes to see the larger-than-life illuminations before the colder weather and Christmas crowds arrive. This year’s theme brings bright and colorful jungle to the French capital, with giant glowing lizards, leopards, trees, and more.

The dates, times, and ticketing info are available on the Jardin des Plantes’ official website (French only).

Details:
November 22, 2023 – January 21, 2024
Jardin des Plantes
Place Valhubert, 75005 Paris

Illuminations at the Paris Botanical Gardens 2022
Credit Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Jardin des Plantes de Paris © China Light Festival B.V. et Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co.,Ltd.

Things To Do in Paris, November 2023

INTI Exhibition at Galerie Itinerrance | Through November 25, 2023

Don’t miss the chance to see the vibrant works of street artist INTI at Galerie Itinerrance. Known for his captivating murals, INTI brings his unique blend of cultural imagery to the canvas, creating a visually stunning experience.

It’s a great way to soak up urban art while keeping warm!

Details:
Through November 25, 2023
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Galerie Itinerrance, 24bis boulevard du Général Jean Simon, 75013 Paris
Free entry

Salon Marjolaine | November 8 – 12, 2023

Indulge in the organic lifestyle at the Salon Marjolaine, Paris’s premier organic trade fair.

Nestled in the heart of Parc Floral, the fair boasts over 450 stalls presenting a smorgasbord of organic delights, from fresh produce and artisanal cheeses to sustainable fashion and beauty products.

Engage with green activists, explore eco-tourism, and enjoy a bite at the food stands.

Details:
November 8 – 12, 2023
10:30am-7pm, Friday until 9pm
Parc Floral, Bois de Vincennes, 75012 Paris
Tickets: €10 (€7 with a discount voucher from the official website; Free for children under 12)

Salon Marjolaine organic trade fair

Made in France (MIF) Expo | November 9 – 12, 2023

The MIF Expo is a celebration of all things French-made, perfect for early holiday shoppers seeking unique gifts. Held at Porte de Versailles, the expo features a wide array of products, including gourmet treats, fashion, and tech innovations.

This is the place to find that special something that’s Made in France!

Details:
November 9 – 12, 2023
10am – 7pm, Sunday until 6pm
Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
Tickets: Free invitation from the official website or €10 at the door.

Le Salon du Made in France takes place in Paris in November

Salon Idées Japon | November 23 – 25, 2023

Experience the charm of Japan in Paris at the Salon Idées Japon. This unique event at Espace Cinko features Japanese arts, traditional and contemporary decor, delicious foods, and distinctive clothing, offering a slice of Japan just in time for shopping season.

Details:
11am – 7:30pm, November 23 – 25, 2023
Espace Cinko, Passage Choiseul, 75002 Paris
See the official website for more information

Salon Idées Japon, Paris Japanese artisan event November

Lumières en Seine | November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024

The Lumières en Seine event transforms the gardens of Domaine de Saint Cloud into a winter wonderland with an enchanting light display. Journey through a world of fire gardens, frosted forests, and illuminated waterfalls, with a merry-go-round and Santa’s sleigh adding to the festive atmosphere.

Details:
November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
National Estate of Saint-Cloud, 92210 Saint-Cloud
Tickets: €27 for open tickets, €20-€22 for dated tickets (discounts for children and specific days available on the official website).

Holiday lights on the Seine, Lumières en Seine Domaine de Saint-Cloud
Photo via Facebook, Lumières en Seine

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